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OER Searching: Best Bets for Physics

Library Resources as Affordable Option

Library resources might be one way to design a course that is affordable for students - these resources are not free, but the cost is already incorporated into student tuition. There are no extra out-of-pocket costs.



Open Textbooks for Physics

Explore open textbooks! The options below might be a good fit for some physics courses.

PHY 2001 / PHY 2002

Physics I & II

College Physics

From Openstax, College Physics meets standard scope and sequence requirements for a two-semester introductory algebra-based physics course. It includes learning objectives, concept questions, links to labs and simulations, and ample practice opportunities for traditional physics application problems.
In use at 8+ NJ colleges & universities.
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Conceptual Physics

From LibreTexts, Conceptual Physics is written with a focus on physics concepts, without as much emphasis on the mathematics. Using a modern physics approach, it is designed for a semester-length course. PDF available.

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Physics 131

From UMass Amherst, Physics 131: Forces, Energy, and Entropy is based on the Openstax text College Physics and University of Maryland’s UMD NEXUS Wikibook. It has been customized for the units taught, with built-in reading guides and Youtube videos embedded in the text.

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Physics 132

From UMass Amherst, Physics 132: What is an Electron? What is Light? is adapted from the Openstax College Physics textbook and University of Maryland’s UMD NEXUS Wikibook. It has been customized for the units taught, with built-in reading guides and Youtube videos embedded in the text.

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Open Physics

From the University of Alberta, Open Physics delivers radiation physics content in a unique tiled platform, with no requirement for a linear progression. Intended to help medical professionals learn more about modern physics, specifically those that underpin the MRI.

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Boundless Physics

From Lumen Learning, Boundless Physics introduces students to the relationship of cell structure and function. Supplemental resources include lecture slides and quiz files.

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Elementary Physics I

From Bookboon, Elementary Physics I: Kinematics, Dynamics and Thermodynamics develops the ideas which are necessary for a beginning student to appreciate physics and its applications at the most fundamental level. While not open, the ebook is free to access (register for free account).

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Elementary Physics II

From Bookboon, Elementary Physics II: Oscillations, Waves: Sound and Electromagnetic/Light is intended to help students understand the fundamentals of two wave phenomena - sound and light. While not open, the ebook is free to access (register for free account).

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